Safety Corner

At Edgerton Hospital, we believe in helping our community to stay safe! We're happy to provide tips and information on how to prevent an injury that may land you in our emergency room.

June 2018

Sun Safety

The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes.

Shade
You can reduce your risk of skin damage and skin cancer by seeking shade under an umbrella, tree, or other shelter before you need relief from the sun. Your best bet to protect your skin is to use sunscreen or wear protective clothing.

Clothing
When possible, long-sleeved shirts and long pants and skirts can provide protection from UV rays. Clothes made from tightly woven fabric offer the best protection. A wet T-shirt offers much less UV protection than a dry one, and darker colors may offer more protection than lighter colors.

Hat
For the most protection, wear a hat with a brim all the way around that shades your face, ears, and the back of your neck. A tightly woven fabric, such as canvas, works best to protect your skin from UV rays. Avoid straw hats with holes that let sunlight through. A darker hat may offer more UV protection.

Sunglasses
Sunglasses protect your eyes from UV rays and reduce the risk of cataracts. They also protect the tender skin around your eyes from sun exposure. Sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays offer the best protection.

Sunscreen
Put on broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15 before you go outside, even on slightly cloudy or cool days. Don’t forget to put a thick layer on all parts of exposed skin..

How sunscreen works 
Most sunscreen products work by absorbing, reflecting, or scattering sunlight. They contain chemicals that interact with the skin to protect it from UV rays. SPF - Higher numbers indicate more protection. You should use a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15.

Reapplication - Sunscreen wears off!

Expiration date - Check the sunscreen’s expiration date. Sunscreen without an expiration date has a shelf life of no more than three years.

Cosmetics - If they do not have at least SPF 15, don't use them by themselves.

 

May 2018

Safe Boating Tips

 

It is hard to believe that after the long winter season, the time has finally arrived to get out onto the boat for some fun and relaxation with family and friends!

Your team at Edgerton Hospital wants to make sure that you stay safe this boating season by following some basic safety tips.

Please take a minute and review the 10 basic boating safety tips to help to stay safe:

  1. Be weather-wise
  2. Follow a Pre-Departure Checklist
  3. Use common sense
  4. Designate an Assistant Skipper
  5. Develop a Float Plan
  6. Make proper use of life jackets
  7. Avoid alcohol
  8. Learn to swim
  9. Take a boating course
  10. Consider a free vessel safety check